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Where Sal Barajas Plays Golf
Los Angeles County; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; San Diego County; Ventura County; Santa Barbara County; San Francisco/North Bay Area; San Jose/South Bay Area; Oakland/East Bay Area; Sacramento Area; Fresno Area; Bakersfield Area; Monterey Bay Area; Santa Cruz Area; San Luis Obispo Area; Las Vegas Area; Mesquite/St.George Area; Phoenix Area; Western Arizona; Northern Arizona; Eastern Arizona; Portland/Vancouver; Medford; Seattle/Tacoma/Bremerton
What's in Sal Barajas's Golf Bag
TaylorMade SIM2 Max Driver
Callaway XR 16 Hybrid (14 degrees)
Callaway Rogue irons
Callaway Mack Daddy wedges
Odyssey O-Works Black Marxman putter
Last Updated: January 13, 2022
Top 10 Courses Played (as of 2022):
1) Pebble Beach
4) Rams Hill
6) The Links at Spanish Bay
8) Seven Canyons
9) Torrey Pines
10) Shadow Ridge
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Sal Barajas's Golf Course Reviews
Played here Sunday 12/12 with GK members Perry, Jon, and Nat on what was booked as a 9AM tee time, pushed back to nearly 9:50am because of frost. It h... » More
Played here Sunday 12/12 with GK members Perry, Jon, and Nat on what was booked as a 9AM tee time, pushed back to nearly 9:50am because of frost. It had been years since I played Maderas and last time I don't think we even got to the 16th before backups and pending sunset stopped our round. This time I made sure to try and ensure that didn't happen, what resulted was a wonderfully beautiful day and a very good pace of play on a course that was as good as I have ever seen it.
Tees: Probably the worst conditioned part of the course. First things first, nearly every set of tee markers had been moved up one tee box and thus we COULD have played the set we wanted to originally, but starter made no mention of this. Also, more than a few of the tee areas we did use were not level and you were standing on a slope; disappointing considering what this course charges and for it being Troon.
Fairways: Excellent condition. They were vibrant green grass mowed short and tight, but with good lies all day. They were also stunning against the contrasting "rough" that was browning ever so slightly, giving this a more links feel (this is NOT a links course mind you).
Rough: As mentioned, the rough was starting to brown but areas shaded by trees were still thick and nasty. More penal than the rough is the natural barranca this course is set in, plenty of ESA and native areas best to avoid.
Sand: Amazingly was only in one bunker all day and it was a fairway one. It had plenty of sand and it was of the consistency I like (softer grains of whiter sand).
Greens: The highlight of the round for me. The greens were wonderfully colorful, smooth rolling, undulated to all sorts of tricky levels, and generally lightning quick. Pin placements today were "someone pissed off the greens keeper" insane, with hole 10 being particularly unfair. Good to see this part of the course was near perfect.
ETC: Property is classy as soon as you roll in, workers at bag drop right away. Ample parking with two lots. Clubhouse has everything you need. Workers friendly and starter helpful for first-timers (which we weren't). Course layout is fun and very challenging, especially if you aren't hitting driver well. Rented clubs due to necessity and was disappointed to see that although clubs were newer models, nothing else but bag and clubs provided. Food at turn was good and carts have good GPS. If this place didn't charge so much, would have surely played it more.» Close
Late review but got to play here on Black Friday 2021 on a discounted prepaid (through text deal club) 10:40am tee time with picture perfect weather i... » More
Late review but got to play here on Black Friday 2021 on a discounted prepaid (through text deal club) 10:40am tee time with picture perfect weather in Sedona. Course was packed but didn’t show it as people were generally moving along at a good pace. This course really is amazing with the conditions they present day in and day out, it’s a fair test of golf, and of course those amazing views nearly everywhere you look.
Tee boxes: Good shape generally for the blue tee boxes. No one really plays the tips here outside of the wannabes and faux golf bloggers, so the blues receive heavy use and rarely show it. No specific issues just general wear and tear.
Fairways: Beautifully lush and visually pleasing. Roll was fair, though they do have a fair amount of condensation on them so ball won’t get tons of extra yardage. Lies are always good.
Rough: Penal even if it doesn’t look it. Grabbed my club pretty hard under the tree canopies. Better to just take your medicine.
Sand: My only real issue with this course. They use reddish dirt (don’t qualify this as sand) that when wet, has the consistency of barro or adobe. Bunkers play totally different than anything you’d see in normal courses.
Greens: Simply amazing. They look visually perfect and are perhaps a shade under that when you play them. Speeds and breaks are tricky to read, roll is pure. Large greens at times with a fair amount of challenges on pull direction. A joy to putt on!
ETC: No frills here, just golf. Everything on the ETC side is adequate but not flashy. Range is basic, puttying green is good, short game area works. Clubhouse has what you need in the basics and staff is friendly. Ample parking every time I am here. Layout is fun and has a nice variety of holes. Conditions are always good (they don’t overseed in Sedona) and you can play here almost all year even at 4500 feet. Highly recommend and will miss this course being so close.» Close
Played here 11/2 on a Golf Digest - Places to Play "meet and play" with a new friend and paired up third player on an absolutely perfect Sedona day (c... » More
Played here 11/2 on a Golf Digest - Places to Play "meet and play" with a new friend and paired up third player on an absolutely perfect Sedona day (cloudy and cooler to start, mid 70's no wind to finish). Troon is still continuing their partnership with Seven Canyons and though the price is a bit steep, you get everything you pay for here with wonderful staff who treat you like a member, course conditions right now that are near perfect, pace of play always 4 hours or less, and the views my god the views!
Tees: Played blues and found no major issues. Plenty of level ground to hit from and even the expected chewed up turf of the par 3's was still good.
Fairways: Near carpet conditions; they rolled well, let the ball sit up enough, and were visually stunning against the red rock background.
Rough: Penal. The traditional rough wasn't Torrey-long, but it humbled you on wayward tee shots. Of course the natural terrain of Sedona and trees/rocks that were past the rough was far more penal, but the rough definitely grabs your club.
Sand: Was in two bunkers and although they have a decent amount of sand, I feel it could have used a bit more for those fine greenside shots.
Greens: Quick and tricky. Probably the fastest I have ever seen here, they rolled so quick at times, you would tap a 2 footer and it could easily roll 2 feet past.
ETC: As always, this place is pure class. No one from the staff ever looks down on you here, in fact quite the opposite. You are often left feeling like you are a member here the way the staff ensures your comfort and enjoyment. Facilities are great here and clubhouse has all you need. Range could be a tad bigger and it's a drive to get there. Layout really should be flipped back to its original format, but minor issue. Carts are great and allows you to order delicious lunch around hole 7, which they bring out to you. Water provided in the cart and after 14 they have cooler with drinks and snacks. A great time out!» Close
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